July 22, 2017


The Art Gallery of New South Wales is delighted to announce young Australian artist Clara Adolphs is the recipient of the 2017 Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship.

The Breuer Foundation established the scholarship two years ago, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of NSW, to support young Australian female artists for the purpose of travel to and study in Paris. The scholarship commemorates the late Eva Breuer, one of Australia’s most loved and prolific art dealers who made a significant contribution to Australian art for over three decades.

As the recipient of the 2017 Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship, Adolphs will take up a three-month residency at the Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio in Paris. The scholarship awards Adolphs a $25,000 stipend for living and travel expenses associated with the residency.

Based in Bundanoon in NSW, Adolphs collects old photographs as inspiration for her paintings that explore notions of memory and time. The pastel tones and impasto surfaces of Adolphs’s works re-interpret abandoned memories, imbuing them with fresh narratives and context.

Adolphs’s portrait of actor and musician Terry Serio was a finalist in the 2016 Archibald Prize and she has also been a finalist for the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2016, 2015, 2013 and 2012.

The Paris residency will present Adolphs the opportunity to embark on a new and ambitious body of work while closely observing the techniques of some of the most celebrated masterpieces in the world.

“My plan for Paris is to create larger and more immersive scenes in painting. Up until this point I have worked at a relatively small scale and this residency will be the impetus to change that while immersed in the finest works throughout history,” Adolphs said.

“The Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship will also provide unique opportunities to research anonymous photography which is the current foundation of my work. Located in Paris is the Galerie Lumière des Roses which is dedicated to anonymous amateur photography – this will be top of my list to spend time at during the residency,” Adolphs added.

May 8, 2017


Clara Adolphs was a finalist in the Art Gallery of New South Wales Archibald Prize in 2016 with her portrait of Terry Serio.

Terry Serio is a well-known actor and a musician. ‘I have been getting to know Terry over the last couple of years since my boyfriend Simon Relf started a band with him called Oh Reach,’ says Clara Adolphs. ‘Terry is a commanding and intriguing presence on stage. He also has an amazing face. 

‘I don’t often paint from life. My usual practice and interest lie in abandoned old photographs. I liked the idea that Terry was an actor and that, together, we could create a scene for a painting, like one of the photographs I often use as a reference. I had him sit for me on the front porch of his beautiful old home, with his motorbike in the front yard. 

‘Over the week or so that it took to paint this scene, it became clear that the most interesting part of the painting was Terry himself. So I discarded the props. However, I think they played an important role in the making of the final portrait.’  Clara Adolphs 2016

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